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Friday, January 18, 2019

By Joseph Ax

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former U.S. Representative Michael Grimm was sentenced to eight months in prison for felony tax evasion in Brooklyn federal court on Friday, seven months after he pleaded guilty and resigned from Congress.

Grimm, a Republican who represented a district in the New York City borough of Staten Island, admitted in December that he underreported employee wages at Healthalicious, a restaurant he co-owned before embarking on his political career.

A former Marine and FBI agent who won the first of three terms in 2010, Grimm previously made headlines in January 2014 when he threatened to throw a television reporter off a balcony.

He won re-election in a landslide last year despite his indictment on 20 federal charges, including allegations that he hired illegal immigrants and paid employees under the table.

After pleading guilty to one count, a defiant Grimm vowed not to resign, only to step down a week later after pressure from Republican leadership.

During Friday’s hearing, Grimm told U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen that he had cut corners to keep his business afloat because he lacked the “bravery to fail.”

“It wasn’t out of greed,” he said. “I would give my life for this country.”

But Chen called his expressions of remorse “belated” and said she rejected his argument that he had already been punished enough by the losses of his congressional seat and his reputation.

“These are not punishments,” she said. “These are collateralconsequences … Everyone falls from grace when they are caught committing a crime; some fall farther than others.”

As part of his plea, Grimm signed a statement of facts that contained additional admissions, including that he concealed more than $900,000 in gross receipts from 2007 to 2010 and committed perjury during a 2013 deposition.

Before the indictment, Grimm was perhaps best known nationally for his videotaped confrontation with the reporter in the U.S. Capitol building.

“I’ll break you in half,” he told the reporter, who had asked about an ongoing probe of Grimm’s fundraising. “Like a boy.”

The Healthalicious case stemmed from the fundraising investigation, which also led to the indictment of Grimm’s former fundraiser Diana Durand.

Durand was sentenced to three months in prison after pleading guilty to charges that she funneled illegal campaign contributions to Grimm’s campaign.

(Editing by Noeleen Walder and Tom Brown)

Photo: Former U.S. Representative Michael Grimm (R-NY) arrives at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in the Brooklyn Borough of New York July 17, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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32 responses to “Ex-U.S. Representative Grimm Gets Prison Time For Tax Evasion”

  1. Louis Allen says:

    Very important article indeed. Would TNM have been so “informative” if this guy had had a “D” after his name?
    Still waiting for The National Memo to illuminate us about Kate
    Steinle’s murder in the “sanctuary city” of San Francisco and about
    TNM’s position on the recently proposed “Kate’s Law”, these issues being
    as important as the one discussed here.

    What about it, National Memo?

    • johninPCFL says:

      Based on right-wing population statistics, if illegals murdered American citizens at the same rate as their fellow second amendment worshipers, they would be committing in over 3,000 murders per year.

      Maybe the “illegals” just obey the law better than Americans?

      • Louis Allen says:

        john: Stoopid, stoopid, stoopid comment.
        …. but, considering YOU wrote it, ….. BRILLIANT.

        • JPHALL says:

          Must be hard on you saying something stupid every time you post! We all know that illegal is guilty and that letting criminal illegals go without holding them for deportation is wrong. When the illegal gets tried then we have something new to talk about

          • Sand_Cat says:

            He can’t spell “stupid” besides.

          • Louis Allen says:

            Ha, ha, haaa!
            The joke is on you, dumbass!
            Of course I know how to spell the word that describes you best.
            But TNM will eliminate my post if I spell it correctly.
            Got it now? Got it? Got it, you dummy?
            DUH !
            Oh brother.

          • Sand_Cat says:

            He also doesn’t know when it’s smarter to just let something go rather than adding petty and humorless to his known faults.

          • Louis Allen says:

            And Sand_Kitty doesn’t know when to just STFU, period.
            What an Ydiot !!

          • Louis Allen says:

            JP, you dummy:
            You guys never get it. You are too stolid.
            Just tell us your opinion about the “sanctuary” city of San Francisco and about what should be done with illegals who are deported and come back, ….. 5 times.
            What do you think, that it’s ok?
            Are you saying that we should deport them a sixth time?
            Or NOT.

          • JPHALL says:

            Hey idiot Louie the Lip: This was not even the conversation, but since you insist on being stupid here is my opinion. Instead of whining about everything that happens I would require ICE or any other agency stymied by local yokels to step in, grab the guy and give him and the sheriff who refuses to notify them twenty years in a federal lockup. Then charge the sanctuary city for his upkeep. That is my proposal what is yours? I bet yours is to just continue whining. Subject: Re: Comment on Ex-U.S. Representative Grimm Gets Prison Time For Tax Evasion

          • Louis Allen says:

            CORRECT answer!!!
            What took you so long??!!
            You see? That wasn’t hard, ….even for you !!

          • RED says:

            Wow! You’re just a total moron aren’t you? Too dumb to recognize the glaring inconsistencies in your own viewpoint. Just a stunning moron!! So you want all illegals deported? As you keep posting moron the one you refer to was deported FIVE TIMES!! Mo RON, do you get that he was deported? SO what now? You wanna start executing people for illegal immigration? Or since you’re a moron Con, you probably want to put them in jail for 20 years all while you complain about paying taxes. The total lack of intellect that comes from having the Con sickness is amazing and sickening!!

    • BillP says:

      Louis what was the nationality of Adam Lanzer the coward that shot and killed 26 people, 20 of them young children, in Newtown Ct.? He wasn’t an illegal alien but he was a white American male. You want to make an issue of 1 person being killed. A tradegy for sure, but ales compared to the Newtown Ct massacre. As for Rep Grimm, he was stupid enough or arrogant enough to be caught on video threatening a reporter for a NYC news station. He did the crime now he can do the crime. I didn’t see you claiming the news was being unfair to Anthony Weiner but David Vitter Senator for Louisiana is still in office.

      • Louis Allen says:

        BillP: You guys never get it. You are too stolid.
        Just tell us your opinion about the “sanctuary” city of San Francisco and about what should be done with illegals who are deported and come back, ….. 5 times.
        What do you think, that it’s ok?

        • BillP says:

          Don’t know much about sanctuary cities so I will not make an uninformed opinion about this. Though I could agree with JP Hall’s comment above. The Kate Steinle death is a tragedy but has nothing to do with this article other than in your mind. The brother of Kate Steinle went on CNN to chastise Trump for politicizing her death and that’s what you are trying to do.

          • Louis Allen says:

            You don’t know “much” about anything, you nincompoop.

          • BillP says:

            How old are you? You write like 12yo little boy who can’t have his way. Mommy not treating you well!

          • Louis Allen says:

            I am younger than you, wiser than you, smarter than you, more aware than you, less naive than you, more hard-working and productive than you, more principled than you, and way more good-looking than you.
            Had enough punishment for one day?
            Go back to your computer and sorry existence.

          • BillP says:

            Have you looked in mirror lately fool, just from your comments I can tell you are way too insecure and ugly as sin. All you have to offer is your juvenile remarks, nothing positive because you are a truly sorry individual with nothing going on in your pitiful little existence.

          • Louis Allen says:

            Hey Billy boy,
            Is the P after Bill for PATHETIC?
            Because that’s exactly what you are.
            Useless, completely useless existence, yours.
            Go ask your leftist/liberal/socialist handlers/masters what you are supposed to say next.

          • BillP says:

            Louie your witty replies are never ending, they make me smile with your infantile rants. Keep them coming little boy but you need to stop copying my comments and write something original. I do like the way you try to turn what you actually do on to me but it doesn’t really work for you right wing parrot-like trolls.

          • RED says:

            Ahh yes, thew typical outlook of a member of the republican hate mongering tribe. “I’m more hard working and better than you, no one works as hard as me.” It’s just another symptom of the Con sickness, it makes them think that they are the only people in the world that count. And this in turn creates their ignorant & arrogant world view that the U.S. has the right to impose it’s will on every nation or people on Earth but the U.S. is “my country and just like no one works as hard as me, no other country is important as mine.” It’s truly a terrible sickness that afflicts so many. I hope somewhere the CDC is working on cure.

    • jakenhyde says:

      Louie……what’s the latest from Fox News on Dennis Hastert? Oh….that’s right, he’s a republican so there won’t be a peep out of them. Well, so much for “fair and balanced” news from Faux.
      Let’s face it, any company with Krauthammer, O’Reilly, Hannity, Ablow, Coulter, Doocy, Beck, et al, on its payroll is bound to have a very serious problem with credibility.
      A number of studies have already proven that those who watch no news shows whatever are much better informed on current events than those who watch only Fox News. And guess which folks from which political party are much more likely to get their “news” and “current events” from Fox(fair and balanced)News? I’ll leave that one for you to answer since you seem to be so well informed.

      • Louis Allen says:

        Yeah, jaken!
        And what’s the latest from CBS, ABC, NBC and msLSD on Lois Lerner and Jonathan Gruber and Eric Holder?

        • jakenhyde says:

          Well, Benghazi has been put to bed…even though Fox keeps rehashing that fairy tale.
          What you don’t seem to be able to grasp is that after a thorough investigation of a particular subject or person, it’s time to let it go. Fox hasn’t the ability to let some things go. Why? I reckon it’s because they can’t come up with any new “bombshells”, so they have to keep flogging the same old dead mules.
          That pretty much explains your question. Other news sources have come to the conclusion that investigations of those you’ve mentioned have come up empty,so they move on to the next subject. Fox, on the other hand, can’t seem to let anything go….especially if they think there’s even an iota of a chance that it might make Mr. Obama look bad. Fox has been trying to sue and impeach Obama for seven years now. How’s that one been working out for your folks?

          • Louis Allen says:

            After a while let it go ??!!
            That’s not what happened in Nixon’s case (and BEFORE any of you liberal/leftist idiots jump on me about Nixon, I am NOT defending him; on the contrary, what a crook !!)
            I say, keep investigating Benghazi. Gowdy will find a smoking (actually, smoldering) gun.

  2. dovawk says:

    So he wanted to throw a reporter over a railing and nothing happened. 20 federal charges, pleads guilty to one, wins election and refuses to step down. Republican Party ends up throwing him under the bus. Pay back comes in many different forms. If he wants to give his life for his country, I wish it were behind bars.

    • jakenhyde says:

      All he has to do is move to Texas or Louisiana after he’s off probation and those folks down there will elect him in a landslide. They’ve really got their game together don’tcha know.

  3. Sand_Cat says:

    I believe it when he actually goes.

  4. Mightyike says:

    He is a disgrace to the Marine Corps.

  5. jakenhyde says:

    Great news. This guy is a disgrace to our country. He also shows that those who voted for him are a disgrace to the rest of the people in his state.
    I’d like to see him try to throw some of his fellow inmates off the third tier of his cell block.
    But he’ll probably kiss the butts of his jailers to curry favor with them. What a loser. The true losers are those stupid asses who voted for his even though he had twenty some odd charges filed against him.

  6. jakenhyde says:

    Wow. And it’s the republicans who seem to be so concerned about voter fraud…..So much so that they’ve passed voter ID laws in several red states.
    Turns out Durand illegally funneled thousands of dollars into Grimm’s own campaign fund. Damn those crooked voter fraud producing democrats anyway.
    Bye, Bye Durand. Bye, bye Grimm. If you work hard at the gym at your jail, you just might become strong enough to throw some 12 year old cub reporter off the balcony at the local YMCA. Good luck. You’ll need it.

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